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"hyper" (above, over, beyond), spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.


In this sense, "hyper" is a word added to another word to make a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"hyper-" is a type of prefix


A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "above" or "over" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

hyper- illustration Life with a hyperactive dog can be challenging, but consistent training, exercise, play, and plenty of rewards will almost certainly result in a well-behaved pet.
hyper- illustration This puts the body is a hyperalert state, increases blood pressure and enhances nervous system reactivity.